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NRL: Take a zero tolerance approach on domestic violence

Earlier this month, prominent Rugby League player Shaun Kenny-Dowall was charged with a number of domestic violence offences.1 Yet he still hasn't been stood down.2

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in our country. If we are going to change that, we need strong leadership across our community, showing that domestic violence will never be tolerated. 

It's time the NRL instituted a zero tolerance approach on domestic violence - that means automatically standing down any player charged with domestic violence offences until legal proceedings against them are completed, and instituting an automatic, immediate ban on any player found guilty of domestic violence.

The NRL say they closely monitor the opinions of fans. Can you join the campaign and help show them that fans - and the Australian public - demand better?

-If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, you can get 24/7 support by calling 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732. If you are in danger, call 000.-

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Domestic violence experts, and even the NSW Premier have spoken out about the need for the NRL to take stronger action on this issue -- calling on the body to send a strong message by standing down players in this situation until cases such as this are resolved.3

Earlier this year, three NRL players were stood down by their club after they were charged with the supply of cocaine.4 In November last year, the Rabbitohs stood down another NRL player after charges were laid over an alleged domestic assault.5 Yet  the Sydney Roosters have made clear to media that Kenny-Dowall has not been stood down over the numerous domestic violence related charges.

It's time the NRL instituted a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence. 


1. Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall charged with domestic violence offences against former partner Peris, Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2015.

2. NRL called on to formally suspend players charged with domestic violence offences, ABC, 22 July 2015.

3. NSW Premier calls on NRL to send strong message against domestic violence to players, Ninemsn, 19 July 2015.

4. Titans stand players down named in cocaine investigation, Gold Coast Bulletin, 2 February 2015.

5. South Sydney Rabbitohs stand down Cody Walker after domestic assault charge, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 2014.


To the NRL,

We urge you to institute a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence, and stand down any player charged with domestic violence offences until their legal proceedings are resolved.

We also call on you to institute an automatic, immediate ban on any player found guilty of domestic violence.


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s , 0830  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:14:38 +1000
s , 0830  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:14:38 +1000
Gallagher , 2157  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:14:32 +1000
"Please set a positive example of social acceptance"
Max , 6271  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:13:50 +1000
"Perpetrators of DV need help. If they are guilty of DV they should be punished in the courts, in their workplaces (including sporting clubs). They should be punished in all ways possible. But they also must be given help to overcome their problem. In this case the club should have immediately suspended him. Then over a period of time if he could show genuine remorse and repentance then allowed back into the"
Margaret , 6008  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:13:37 +1000
einna , 6151  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:10:43 +1000
"It matters to everyone; children are greatly damaged through witnessing it and often go on to perpetuate it or to think it is normal.
The cost to society in terms of mental health, medical conditions, learning difficulties, criminality, social disintegration and more, is enormous. Everyone loses when it is allowed to flourish. NRL and Footy cullture is rife with mindless macho attitudes."
Alexander , 3238  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:10:13 +1000
"Domestic violence = thuggery, often promoted by the very actions of some players and the nature of sport itself. No surprises then that it exists."
Ken , 2287  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:09:35 +1000
Karen , 2226  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:09:32 +1000
"Women, children, animals and other men are NOT your own personal punching bags.
If you have anger issues – get counselling.
If you want to punch something get a real punching bag."
Nikki , 2040  /  signed 2015-07-23 20:08:40 +1000
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